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Rosina Cottage QC

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High profile trial work is the core of Rosina’s practice. A Silk whose reputation for excellence has led to her instruction in heavy-weight prosecution and defence of multi-handed cases of serious sexual offences, murder and fraud.

Rosina is a true expert within her field. She received “nothing but praise” in her dealing with the high profile Max Clifford case in 2014 and featured as The Times Lawyer of the Week. This case was followed by the prosecution of Aravindan Balakrishnan, Operation Winthorpe, Manish Shah and other well-known cases.

Known for her work in cases involving vulnerable defendants or witnesses, she is skilled in representing and cross-examining those with a learning impairment, those on the autistic spectrum, and those diagnosed with mental health problems. Rosina also demonstrates expertise in respect of the cross-examination and instruction of experts in pathology, psychology and psychiatry.

She is also called upon by the media to comment or provide expert advice on serious sexual offences and murder.


Call, 1988. Silk, 2011; Recorder, 2012. Member of Sentencing Council July 2016 to present.

Professional Memberships

South Eastern Circuit;

Former Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit;

Criminal Bar Association;

Family Law Bar Association;

Association of Lawyers for Children.


Archbold – Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice: Contributing editor (2020).

Vulnerable People and the Criminal Justice System (A Guide to Law and Practice) OUP (2017) Contributing Author.